Calculating the size of /

Jim Byrnes jf_byrnes at
Wed Sep 12 13:43:34 UTC 2012

On 09/11/2012 02:30 PM, Avi Greenbury wrote:
> Jim Byrnes wrote:
>> Yes I can, sorry for being so dense.  I have nautilus setup to
>> display hidden files as the default, so I mistakenly assumed gksu
>> nautilus would pickup those setting, my bad.
> when yo run things with gksu you are doing so as root, so none of your
> preferences will be carried across.

So I learned.

>> Two final questions.
>> Can I safely delete anything under /root/.local/share/Trash?  I
>> would like to get that 28GB back as usable space.
> It's the equivalent of emptying a recycle bin. Deleting it wont break
> your system, but it's safety depends upon whether you'll want any of
> that data or not.
>> Where would be a good place to start reading about what goes in the
>> various folders under /root and why?
> /root is root's home directory. It's there historically because if
> /home is on a remote filesystem that fails to mount, you still want
> root to be able to log in as normal. Things that end up in there
> should be largely the same as any other home directory, just for
> things done by root rather than any normal user.

Thanks for the info.

Regards,  Jim

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